PODCAST: Kelsey Plum talks hot streak, video games and much more

It’s been an unconventional rookie season for Kelsey Plum, the top overall pick in the 2017 WNBA draft by the San Antonio Stars.

But after a slow start, perpetuated by a lack of playing time, Plum is reminding everybody of the transcendent star she was during her four years playing for Mike Neighbors at University of Washington, setting scoring records while doing it with an efficiency no one has ever seen.

Last week, she collected 12 assists in one game, scored 23 points in another, and added to a remarkable stat: the Stars are 5-0 when she plays 30+ minutes, 1-21 when she doesn’t.

We talk to Plum about that stat, the way her game has developed both off the ball and on the defensive end, along with an array of bigger-picture issues. Among them: what does it mean for the greater appreciation and understanding of women’s basketball to have WNBA players in a video game? Exactly what does it mean when we compare women’s players to men’s players, and why don’t we compare men’s players to women’s players more?


Plus Plum validates my long-held Lauri Markkanen-Emma Meesseman comparison, reason alone to listen to the podcast. Hear one of the most introspective, intelligent ambassadors for the game talk about all this and more.